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José Delgado

Senior Program Officer

José Delgado joined the James Irvine Foundation as Senior Program Officer in March 2022. José has more than 18 years of experience leading a number of public policy, legislative, political, and community issues working together with diverse stakeholders. Before joining the Foundation, José spent more than five years at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the lead Continuum of Care agency for Los Angeles, where he served as their Director of Government Affairs. His responsibilities included setting and overseeing the implementation of the agency’s policy and legislative agenda at the local, state, and federal level and establishing strategic relationships with key elected policy makers.

Prior to joining LAHSA, José worked for the Los Angeles City Administrative Officer and advised on several special projects, including the City’s first comprehensive homelessness strategy. He also served the constituents of Southeast Los Angeles County for more than a decade in various capacities, including as District Director and Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez.

José is involved in several local civic efforts that strive to make his community a more equitable place to live in, including serving on his local planning commission. José holds a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California at Los Angeles.